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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Honors Fifth Graduating Class

by Janelle Hill Sep 3, 2021

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2021 is now part of a growing community of DeSales physical therapists.

Twenty-seven students received their diplomas during a recognition and awards ceremony in the DeSales University Center.

“It goes without saying that the road to this point in the journey has been a bit unpredictable at times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite all these obstacles, this class has pressed on and we have pressed on together. And you’re at your finish line today.”

 Kay Malek, Ph.D., director of the DPT program

Father James Greenfield, OSFS ’84, president of DeSales, delivered the invocation and commended the cohort for its flexibility, cooperation, and tenacity. Ryan Laughran D’21, who was voted class speaker by his peers, echoed those sentiments.

“We made it,” Laughran told his classmates. “When one fell down, there was always someone else there to help pick us back up. I’ve never been part of such a caring group of individuals in my entire life. I’m excited for us and what the future holds.”

After receiving their diplomas, the graduates took the oath of a physical therapist. The following students were also recognized with awards: Colin McLaughlin ’19, D’21 received the Professional Excellence Award and the Salesian Spirit Award; Kaelyn Storr ’19, D’21 received the Academic Excellence Award; Breanna Colvin D’21 accepted the Clinical Excellence Award; the Research Excellence Award went to Michael Mathis D’21, Sara Cinelli D’21, Joshua Anderson ’18, D’21, Cortlyn Van Deutsch D’21, Kaylie Vrabel D’21, and Thomas Epsaro ’18, D’21; Jakob Stoudt ’18, D’21 received the William A. Lavin Scholar Award; and Colin McLaughlin ’19, D’21, Jennifer Blandino ’19, D’21, Breanna Colvin D’21, and Kaelyn Storr ’19, D’21 were recognized for being part of the National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society.